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StreetCreds 2nd edition [Kindle Edition]

Zach Fortier , Blue Harvest Creative
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StreetCreds is a look inside the world of street gangs and the cops that work them. I worked the street for many years before I entered the Gang Task Force, joining it with the idea that I could rise to the level of violence of any banger I encountered - a really stupid idea. I grew up in this city, and I worked its streets the best way I knew how, feeling that I had a firsthand understanding of what the citizens were experiencing. The increasing frustration at gang crimes, drive bys, robberies, never feeling safe with your kids in your own neighborhood - I wanted to do what I could to make that fear go away. Once I was inside the task force, though, the reality was a rude awakening. The task force was poorly managed and staffed by detectives mostly out for themselves, and the internal politics made success incredibly difficult and almost impossible - almost, but not quite. Witnessing bad cops, brutal crimes, and realizing the department had been compromised. I left the unit two years later, severely broken, edgy, and dangerously damaged. StreetCreds is the story of how all that came to be. Hold on for a reality check. ~ Zach
StreetCreds has been awarded a Gold medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite International book awards contest in the true crime genre. StreetCreds has been ranked #2 in true crime best sellers on

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"This book stayed with me for a long time and I can't wait to read Curbchek Reloaded. I honestly take my hat off to Zach, I know for a fact that I would not be able to do a job like he did, let alone be brave enough to write the truth afterwards. We need more like Zach on our streets to keep our children safe, and it's a shame that many good guys are broken by the sheer weight of responsibility.""Well written and edited as usual, the paperback version was my copy for this review but it is also available on Kindle now.
"Rachel DoveThe Kindle Book Review
"The author, an ex gang unit detective, gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at the gangs from a police perspective. From cultivating informants to befriending the gang members and leaders themselves, the author spins a fantastic tale of what it's like to go against some of the toughest, meanest gangsters on the streets."
Dennis Berry

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I hope that you will enjoy Streetcreds. It details the realities I faced working in our Departments Gang Task Force.  The stories you read are true. The names have been changed of people and the places involved.  The the brutal realities remain as they were.  Z

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  • File Size: 2976 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146818945X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070ORW3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A first-hand account of gang life April 7, 2012
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Although my review of Zach Fortier's Curbchek was less than favorable, the author asked me to read and review Street Creds, which follows much the same format but focuses on Fortier's time working on the Gang Task Force. I expected Curbchek to be a novel, which it claims to be. But it was a rather thinly disguised memoir of actual police cases, and so when I began Street Creds I was prepared for the same thing. I was not disappointed.

In the specialized Gang Task Force, Fortier once again shows us the realities of life on the other side of the law, as he infiltrates some of the toughest gangs on the streets. Using his apparent charm to get hardened criminals, drug dealers, and gang members to trust him, he not only makes arrests and gets convictions in court, but he also dodges bullets, engages in a dangerous high-speed chase after witnessing a drive-by, and even plays a key role in stopping a turf war. Reading about these exploits makes you wonder how the force got along before he joined them. The raw language, which only highlights his rough writing skills, for some reason fits in with the down-and-dirty, super-hero-like feats he pulls off.

The book is arranged as a series of chapters highlighting different cases with gangs, and unlike Curbchek, which didn't have any kind of arc, Street Creds feels more like a complete story. Chapter One explains how Fortier became part of the Gang Task Force and his disdain at discovering how mismanaged the department was, and as the chapters progress, he gradually gets to know the individual gang members, which helps him succeed in solving crimes and cleaning up the streets, at least according to him. By the end I almost felt like I knew the author better, and in some strange way, even understood him.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars StreetCreds March 7, 2012
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I recently got my hands on a copy of StreetCreds, the second book by cop turned author Zach Fortier and was not disappointed! StreetCreds picks up where CurbChek left off following Zach deep into the world of criminal gangs. StreetCreds is a much darker book than CurbChek, but follows Zach's style of "in your face" and "tell it like it is". StreetCreds is a fictionalization of Zach's real-life experiences while assigned to the gang task force. Zach not only takes on gang bangers and thugs, but battles office politics as well and comes out unscathed in the end...or does he? Zach's accounts will put you right there in the mix and leave you with the feeling that Zach's experiences are your own. This book is gritty, raw, and as real as it gets. If you ever fantasized about putting it all out there on the streets, do yourself a favor and get your StreetCreds. You wont be disappointed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! January 14, 2013
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As someone who grew up hearing about gang violence, I loved this inside look at gangs and gang violence, and what it takes for police officers to overcome the closed society that they are often confronted with when dealing with gangs. On the streets, especially in gang neighborhoods, witnesses and victims tend to take the "I didn't see anything" approach. This, obviously, makes it hard for a police officer to do his job and solve the crimes.

The author, an ex gang unit detective, gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at the gangs from a police perspective. From cultivating informants to befriending the gang members and leaders themselves, the author spins a fantastic tale of what it's like to go against some of the toughest, meanest gangsters on the streets.

This book is full of stories of various crimes and criminals, as well as a peek into the author's emotional state while working the streets. It was a great read.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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I started Street Creds, anticipating a really good read, but within the first few pages, I saw that the author is an example of some of the worst officers I've ever worked with. He attempts to make himself look good with the use of profanity both in his work and describing his family (and yes, I come from a very politely stated-dysfunctional family too), puts everyone he works with down in one manner or another and portrays himself as the only one who could possibly get the job done. I tried-really, TRIED to read this book, and then gave it to my husband-another retired police officer-with no further introduction than to tell him the author is an officer himself. He eagerly took the book to read and actually got further than I did. He came in, asked if I remembered an officer Dave Smith-I didn't work with him, he was in prison (murder) before I came on the dept-however, my husband stated he reminded him strongly of him-a know it all blowhard who has to put everyone down to look good himself. Neither of us could bear to finish this book. Fortunately, I got it on my Prime membership for free, and I'm REALLY hoping I got the other book for free, cause I'm deleting it off my Kindle as well. Won't even TRY to read it. Don't waste your time, and PLEASE don't judge all other police officers by this poor excuse for one! There are some great authors out there who write books-good books-and are retired police officers-look for them. Anne Rule writes true crime, and she's excellent. Fortier? Forget him!
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Zach Fortier was a police officer for over 30 years, specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence and sex crimes as an investigator. He has written five books about Police work. "Curbchek" the first book is a case by case account of the streets as he worked them from the start of his 30 career. "Streetcreds" the second book details time Zach Spent in a Gang task force and the cases that occurred. The third book is by far the most gritty: "Curbchek-Reload". In "Curbchek-Reload" Zach is damaged and dangerously so, suffering from PTSD and the day to day violence of working the street. "Hero To Zero" is Zach's fourth book and recalls cops he worked with that were incredibly talented but ended up going down in flames, some ended up in jail, prison and one on the FBI's ten most wanted list. Zach's fifth book is just out and is titled "Landed On Black" and covers the constant state of hyper-vigilance required to survive the double crosses and betrayals that occurred on the streets and in the police department. Zach's latest book I am Raymond Washington, provides the reader with an unprecedented look into the life of the original founder of the Crips gang. Filled with eyewitness accounts and recollections from friends and family give the reader a look into the life of the Original Crip. If you like True Crime, take a look at Zach Fortier. You wont be disappointed.

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